Halloween Blogging Ideas

Halloween Blogging Ideas

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to cauldrons, curses, candy and (as always) creative writing. Halloween is, after all, an incredibly creative event. People spend weeks planning and designing their costumes and thinking up new and innovative ways to decorate their houses. Craft stores sell out of supplies, costume shops have to keep

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to cauldrons, curses, candy and (as always) creative writing. Halloween is, after all, an incredibly creative event. People spend weeks planning and designing their costumes and thinking up new and innovative ways to decorate their houses. Craft stores sell out of supplies, costume shops have to keep... read more

Color Poems

Color Poems

My favorite way to teach figurative language is by having students read and write poetry.  Even reluctant writers are willing to attempt these short assignments. This year, I taught my Color Poems lesson about similes and metaphors and had my students publish their poems on Kidblog. In my early attempts to teach metaphors and similes,

My favorite way to teach figurative language is by having students read and write poetry.  Even reluctant writers are willing to attempt these short assignments. This year, I taught my Color Poems lesson about similes and metaphors and had my students publish their poems on Kidblog. In my early attempts to teach metaphors and similes,... read more

Mini Lessons in Kidblog

Mini Lessons in Kidblog

Stream of consciousness in blogging is a wonderful way for a writer to express oneself without getting hung up on the mechanics of writing.  I love to see my students go to town and write what is in their hearts and minds without hesitation and worry that “this may not be what the teacher wants.”

Stream of consciousness in blogging is a wonderful way for a writer to express oneself without getting hung up on the mechanics of writing.  I love to see my students go to town and write what is in their hearts and minds without hesitation and worry that “this may not be what the teacher wants.”... read more

Using Kidblog for Parent Communication

Using Kidblog for Parent Communication

Parents play a significant role in student achievement. In order to guide student success, ​it is important to ensure a reliable means of communication with parents has been established.  Teachers want ways to share the news and happenings in the classroom. Regular communication to keep parents informed about upcoming events such as assessments and class

Parents play a significant role in student achievement. In order to guide student success, ​it is important to ensure a reliable means of communication with parents has been established.  Teachers want ways to share the news and happenings in the classroom. Regular communication to keep parents informed about upcoming events such as assessments and class... read more

Expanding Class Reach

Expanding Class Reach

One of the largest benefits of having students create blog posts is the opportunity for them to write for an authentic audience. Writing for an authentic audience allows students to experience more of a sense of ownership for their writing than simply writing for their own teacher can provide. Even having the opportunity to read

One of the largest benefits of having students create blog posts is the opportunity for them to write for an authentic audience. Writing for an authentic audience allows students to experience more of a sense of ownership for their writing than simply writing for their own teacher can provide. Even having the opportunity to read... read more

How Change Can Make Us Better- An Autumn-Inspired Blog Post

How Change Can Make Us Better- An Autumn-Inspired Blog Post

It’s the beginning of October, and we have settled in to another beautiful season, Fall! By now, our students have gotten to know each other better and are adjusting more and more to their schedules and the demands of a new school year. What better opportunity is there to introduce the idea of blogging to

It’s the beginning of October, and we have settled in to another beautiful season, Fall! By now, our students have gotten to know each other better and are adjusting more and more to their schedules and the demands of a new school year. What better opportunity is there to introduce the idea of blogging to... read more

Blogging in a dual-language classroom

Blogging in a dual-language classroom

As a young child, most of us learned to speak our first language, but not before we spent many years listening to those in our life talking.  By the time we hit the age to start schooling, most of us have semi solidified our language.  The first years of school are then adding to that

As a young child, most of us learned to speak our first language, but not before we spent many years listening to those in our life talking.  By the time we hit the age to start schooling, most of us have semi solidified our language.  The first years of school are then adding to that... read more